A senior official at the Department of National Defence says Canada will remain a member of the F-35 stealth fighter program until the government is certain it knows which jet it will be purchasing. this means Canada will continue to pay tens of millions to Lockheed Martin for the development of the jet even if they end up buying an alternative like the F-22 Raptor. Patrick Finn, head of procurement of the Department of National Defense says it makes sense so Canada can compete for billions in contracts associated with the jet and partners get discounts when purchasing them.
Canada has invested roughly half a billion dollars on the F-35 over 20 years, with each past government wrestling whether or not to make the purchases. A competition to pick a new fighter jet is set to be held this spring and the winner of the competition will not be identified for years.